Applied Insect-Plant Ecology – University of Copenhagen

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Contact research group leader

Lene Sigsgaard
Associate Professor
M: les@plen.ku.dk
Ph: +45 35 33 26 74

Our team studies the ecological interactions between insect pests, beneficial arthropods and plants and the evolution of these interactions in managed and natural ecosystems. This includes effects of climate, crops and plant diversity on herbivores and on their predators, parasitoids and on wild pollinators at scales from individual to landscape.

Our studies provide the basis for the further development of preventive measures and monitoring – forecasting systems for IPM and they embrace the effects of agricultural practices on fauna at population and landscape levels, on biodiversity per se, functional biodiversity, and ecological aspects of invasive species.

We participate in investigations on the natural defense mechanisms of plants including aspects such as biosynthesis, involved genes, evolution, advantage and cost of plant defense mechanisms, and adaptations of insects to overcome plant defenses.

Research themes

Current research projects

Group members

For students

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  • Partners and networks

    We work with national and international partners in universities, and with ministries, industry, advisory service and growers.

    Currently we collaborate with these partners:

    National
    • Aarhus University
    • Aalborg University
    • Denmarks Technical University
    • ICROFS
    • Miljøstyrelsen
    • Naturstyrelsen
    • EWH Bioproduction
    • SEGES
    • HortiAdvice Scandinavia
    • VKST, VKST Ecoadvice

    International • Georg-August University, Göttingen
    • Nibio, Ås, Norway
    • Norsøk, Norway
    • SLU, Alnarp & Uppsala
    • Lund University, Sweden
    • JKI, Darmstadt, Germany
    • Technische Universität München, Germany
    • EMR, UK
    • Walloon Agricultural Research Centre, Belgium
    • Latvian Plant Protection research centre, Latvia
    • INHORT, Poland
    • University Innsbruck, Austria
    • Agroscope, CH
    • INRA, France
    • Laimburg, Italy
    • Wageningen, Netherlands
    • GRAB, France
    • FiBL, CH
    • IRTA, Spain
    • SERIDA, Spain
    • University Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, Brazil
    • University of Nairobi, Kenya
    • Makerere University, Uganda
    • Sokoine University, Tanzania